In our previous post, we discovered just how easy it was to accomplish steps one through four in our quest to become an effective end-game raiding SV hunter with minimal fuss.
The next step is, necessarily, a little more complicated, but I am going to break it down for you with some exercises that you can try out at a training dummy. Normally I wouldn't stoop to a dummy...but I decided to get a non-exotic pet and respec SV only hours before a raid, and so I was forced to practice in Ironforge just to avoid being laughed out of the raid. Ever since then, I've taken to practicing regularly on dummies to refine my rotation and keep my skills sharp.
- When Lock and Load procs, it will show up as a personal buff. Figure out where your buffs show up, and watch that area.
- Now, leave the heroic training dummy and find a lowbie dummy.
- Take up a position roughly 15 yards away and use your freezing arrow to put a freezing trap smack dab on top of that dummy.
- When that trap goes off, you'll see Lock and Load proc.
- Immediately start one of the two rotation options I just gave you. (For now, don't put Serpent Sting on the target. It has a chance of proc'ing LnL when you aren't ready for it!)
- Once you've finished the LnL shot rotation, move smoothly back into your basic shot rotation of ESx1+SSx3.
- Run through your basic rotation a couple times, then leave combat
With this exercise, you're going to use a trap that DOES proc LnL on a boss most of the time. This means that, if you are lucky and don't get any trap resists, you get 2 free Explosive Shots every 30 seconds. 10 free ESshots on a five minute boss fight? Outstanding!
Here is what you do -- try this on a lower level dummy so you can guarantee the proc for now.
- Before starting combat, step into melee range of the dummy.
- Drop your Immolation Trap and immediately strafe sideways or step backwards to get out of melee range. Not too far, you're just trying to get to where you can shoot.
- As soon as the trap goes off, watch your buff area -- LnL should proc immediately.
- Begin your alternate LnL shot rotation, then transition smoothly into your normal shot rotation.
- As you notice your trap coming off the 30 second CD, make your way towards melee range without losing too much DPS time -- a few steps during a GCD here and there should do it.
- When the trap comes off CD, drop it again on top of the target dummy. I usually wait half a heartbeat after the CD is up just to guarantee that LnL is off CD as well. (Keep an eye on your ES CD, but don't worry if it's less than halfway through CD when LnL procs. You have 10 seconds once LnL procs to get those 2 extra shots in.)
- Step quickly out of melee range, either by strafing or moving backwards, and continue with your LnL shot rotation
- Rinse and repeat til you are out of mana.
Congratulations! You're trap-dancing.
You may be able to combine this with Sniper Training, but I've never had any luck with that. I just use the strategy that's best for the boss at hand. If I need to be at range, I stay at range, and if I can get within melee, I trap-dance.
Just don't take a Hateful Strike from Patchwerk while dropping your trap...
Heart of the Wild: Same situation as with Rapid Fire -- and stacking them is a great burst of DPS.
Kill Shot: Doesn't use a GCD. Macro it in front of every spell in your rotation. That way it always goes off when it comes off CD.
#showtooltip Explosive Shot
/cast Kill Command
/cast Kill Shot
/cast Explosive Shot
I combine KC and KS with both ES and SS in two separate macros. Do what you feel comfortable with.
To be continued...